Last Friday was a sad day. We have succumbed to the fact that sometimes, expensive wines do taste better.
Yeah yeah, we’ve heard it all. Ridiculously priced wines does not necessarily mean better quality. Premium wines comes with ginormous prices these days from heavy handed marketing and the growing demand of people having a penchant for high RP scores. Many times, in magazines or from word of mouth, wines of a more humble background have been hailed as “the poor man’s First Growth” or “Super Seconds for a tenth of the price”. And yes, most of us have had the fortune to find a great bottle for a very reasonable value. For vino yes no, we’ve always tasted wines that are affordable for daily consumption. Good value wines are awesome, so what’s to be upset about?
We were invited to a France vs. US tasting last week. Sort of like the Judgement of Paris, we blind tasted 4 US wines, all from Napa, and 4 Bordeaux wines, Lascombes, Ducru Beaucaillou, Beychevelle and La Mission Haut-Brion. The wines were all in a similar price range apart from last bottle, which was way off the charts. All of them were perfectly delicious and lovely (well apart from one appalling bottle which was so full of cherry coke sweetness I could not believe it was French). But the moment Bill and I took a whiff of THE bottle, a wave of sensation, at once triumphant and of utter despair, sent shock waves into my soul. Like an ill fated love, we went head over heels with the wine, but knew immediately that it was not meant to be. Even for wine amateurs, it was clear that out of all the bottles, this complexity could only be of the great Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion.
So whatcha gonna do when you fall in love with a wine that’s beautiful and elegant, and trembles in your ears like a tear-jerking orchestra? Well, you must savour it, enjoy it while you can, and treat it like a dream. Go ahead and pour another glass if you can. Face it, you can’t afford it. And then you write about it, so you may never forget about the beautiful soy aromas, and the mineral quality that’s silky like caviar. And don’t forget the lush lush tannins tingling your senses with notes of raspberries and coffee. For me, it’s gonna be high time till I’ll ever get to have this wine again. So now, I will just post this entry, and bid farewell with tears in my eyes.
All from Vintage Cellars
Chateau Beychevelle 2007
St. Julien, Bordeaux $790
Chateau Lascombes 2007
Margaux, Bordeaux $590
Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2007
St. Julien, Bordeaux $895
Chateau La Mission Haut Brion 2006
Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux $4300